[HISTORY] Keep Calm and Carry On

I’m currently scanning in some of my paperwork from what was then The Public Record Office, now The National Archives, and found the start of this interesting letter from 17th July 1939 (from AP Waterfield to Ivison Macadam): I am troubled about this Poster Question. We must get the right idea across, and so far I can’t feel that we have got it at all. The “Keep Steady”, “Keep Calm”, doesn’t, I feel sure, hit it Continue Reading →

[ABSTRACT] In the world but not of it: Keep Calm and Carry On

Topic: Uses of popular culture by religious groups The ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster, designed by the British Government in 1939 as a response to war, has become global cultural icon of the early twenty-first century, drawing a nostalgic response for a time ‘when we all pulled together’ in the current time of economic crisis. This paper considers what Christians have contributed to, and drawn from, fan culture around this poster, as part of Continue Reading →

Keep Calm and the Green Bay Packers

Hearing how the coach of the Green Bay Packers likes to keep his team going with ‘inspirational slogans’, and this week chose ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’: And this week, with the team’s injury problems getting so bad that McCarthy seems to be getting unexpectedly bad news every few hours, he believes Keep Calm and Carry On fits his team to a T. He even had the background for the poster, which was part of a series Continue Reading →

Keep Calm and Carry On Exhibition (Textiles)

If the latest traveling exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center feels a bit different than others, that’s by design. Design, in fact, is an operative word for “Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain” – design of period clothing, beautifully-stitched patriotic scarves, home furnishings and more. While the idea of bringing this exhibit to the museum initially raised eyebrows — some wondered whether it was the Continue Reading →

[EXHIBITION] Illinois Holocaust Museum

Hmmm, a new exhibition highlights the British experience of the Second World War by leading with the Keep Calm and Carry On poster… I really hope they also highlight that it wasn’t used: An import from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, “Keep Calm and Carry On” showcases the ingenuity and defiance of the British on the homefront during the London Blitz. Of particular interest are colorful “propaganda” scarves designed by Jacqmar scattered throughout Continue Reading →

Keep Calm: Subverted Images

Do the subverted images of Keep Calm make any sense? I’ve seen cheerleaders wearing shirts that read “Keep Calm and Cheer On.” What? Isn’t cheering the opposite of keeping calm? Isn’t that kind of the point of cheerleading? The purpose of a cheerleader is to excite the crowd into shouting, clapping their hands and jumping up and down to express their desire for their team to succeed. I would imagine that a cheerleader who followed Continue Reading →

New Yorkers Keep Calm Over The Footy (via @KarinRosner)

Who knew that New Yorker’s were so inspired by the ‘footy’, although of course the story of Keep Calm ran there in 2009: Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which she now follows with interest. https://twitter.com/ww2poster Like it? Share it…

Disappointing EU Outcome

So, we had the EU ruling that Coop is allowed to keep the trademark for ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, but the fight’s not over yet (not that I’ve ever made a penny on it, but I like the attitude of Barter Books with regards to this) A famous Northumberland book shop’s bid to overturn a European ruling relating to the use of a historic phrase has failed. Barter Books, the second-hand shop in the Continue Reading →